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Friedman, Zaidi Given Major Credit For Dodgers' Return To World Series

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 20 / 17

The Dodgers on Thursday night advanced to the World Series and while the money spent on the team's payroll "surely helped," the club "truly ascended into the realm of the elite" when they hired President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi , according to Jared Diamond of th...

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D-backs Exec VP & GM Mike Hazen said that he "didn’t envision many financial impediments if the club chose to bring the team back intact" next season. In Phoenix, Nick Piecoro notes that is not including RF J.D. Martinez, an impending free agent who "figures to command big dollars on the o ...

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Jones Says National Anthem Stance Is Not New

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones yesterday clarified what he considers "disrespectful and unacceptable" behavior during the national anthem and said players "need consequences" to stand up to peer pressure, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com. He added that it is "in the best interests" of the Co ...

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Golden Knights Set For Home Debut

The Golden Knights play their first home game tonight at T-Mobile Arena against the Coyotes, and less than a week into their NHL expansion campaign, they are "leading the league in converts," according to Kevin Allen of USA TODAY. The Golden Knights are 2-0, and anyone who thought the NHL was "gambl ...

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76ers Give Joel Embiid Five-Year Extension

76ers C Joel Embiid has agreed to a five-year, $148M designated rookie scale maximum contract extension, a deal that "represents the 76ers' commitment to Embiid's talent, given that he has been healthy enough to play in only 31 regular-season games" since he was taken third overall in '14, acco ...

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Mets Buy Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

The Mets have reached an agreement to buy the Triple-A Int'l League Syracuse Chiefs and make them their "top minor league affiliate," according to sources cited in a front-page piece by Mark Weiner of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. Under terms of the agreement, the Mets will acquire ownership ...

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Marlins' Jeter Hires Yankees Exec Gary Denbo

Yankees VP/Player Development Gary Denbo is "leaving his job" to become Marlins Dir of Player Development & Amateur Scouting, according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. Denbo is "not expected to be above" Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill in the team’s hierarc ...

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Scandals Continue To Plague Dolphins

The situation around the resignation of  Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster  is "just the latest black eye for a franchise just four years removed from an ugly bullying scandal that stretched on for months and cost several players and staffers their jobs," according to Adam Beasl ...

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Jerry Jones Speaks Out Against Player Protests

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said that any of his players who disrespect the flag during the national anthem "won't play in games," according to a front-page piece by Brandon George of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Jones is the "first NFL owner to publicly make a stand about disciplining players who kneel d ...

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Dolphins Issue New Policy Regarding Anthem

The Dolphins have "implemented a policy requiring players to stand for the National Anthem or stay behind in the locker-room if they choose not to do so," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. Three Dolphins players -- TE Julius Thomas, S Michael Thomas and WR Kenny Stills -- "opted to sta ...

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NFL Team Execs Worried About Protest Distractions

NFL front offices are becoming "weary of the cyclical back-and-forth" about President Trump's involvement in the debate about player protests during the national anthem, according to Charles Robinson of YAHOO SPORTS. One NFC exec said, "Right now, we have to have two meetings every Saturday. One wit ...

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